In March of 2021, we submitted six grant applications to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Improvements to Richmond Park
The proposed project will create a new playground next to the pavilion with inclusive play equipment and poured-in-place surfacing. It will also replace existing asphalt walkways with universal concrete paths to ensure an accessible route from other areas in the park to the playground.
River Edges Trail, Leonard to Ann
The proposed project will close one of the most significant gaps in the city’s trail system and connect the city’s nonmotorized network to regional trails. The trail design includes a universally accessible shared use trail with three underpasses under Leonard Street, Ann Street, and GR Eastern Railroad bridge and connections to Monroe Avenue, in addition to trail signage, interpretive signage, and site amenities. The project has been broken into four separate trail segments corresponding to four grant applications.
Plaza Roosevelt Acquisition
The proposed grant funding would be used to acquire a 0.77 acre greenspace at the northeast corner of Grandville Avenue and Rumsey Street SW as part of the Plaza Roosevelt redevelopment project that includes new affordable housing, commercial space, and the new GRPS Southwest Community Campus High School.